• Man and Technics

  • A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life
  • By: Oswald Spengler
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Taescher
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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In this new and revised edition of Oswald Spengler's classic Man and Technics, Spengler makes a number of predictions that today, more than 80 years after the book was first published, have turned out to be remarkably accurate. 

Spengler predicted that industrialization would lead to serious environmental problems and that countless species would become extinct. He also predicted that labor from Third World countries would increasingly outcompete Western workers by doing the same work for much lower wages and that industrial production would therefore move to other parts of the world, such as East Asia, India, and South America. 

According to Spengler, technology has not only made it possible for man to harness the forces of nature; it has also alienated him from nature. Modern technology now dominates our culture instead of that which is natural and organic. After having made himself the master of nature, man has himself become technology's slave. "The victor, crashed, is dragged to death by the team," Spengler summarizes. 

Finally, Spengler foresaw that Western man would eventually grow weary of his increasingly artificial lifestyle and begin to hate the civilization he himself created. There is no way out of this conundrum, as the unrelenting progress of technological development cannot be halted. The current high-tech culture of the West is therefore doomed, destined to be consumed from within and destroyed. A time will come, Spengler writes, when our giant cities and skyscrapers have fallen in ruins and lie forgotten "[J]ust like the palaces of old Memphis and Babylon." It remains to be seen if this last, and most dire, of Spengler's prophecies will also come true.

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Oswald Spengler

He grasps many important things, such as irreducible complexity. He also acknowledges that the superior cannot come from the inferior, the more from the less. There is a lot of influence of Nietzsche here, to the point of an exaggeration, saying that all men desire to dominate other wills, sounds like he's an adept of Melkor. (Only Tolkien fans will understand)

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Let the man talk

Great little book, a lot of interesting ideas that need further development. Only problem is that about 20% is the intro, which is superfluous. Let the work stand on its own feet!

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He litteraly predicted the future!!!

Very logical order of facts with a chilling analysis and prediction. He clearly sees where this has now become.

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Cartoon warrior logic

The man thinks in cartoons and caricatures, and has no patience for the actual nuance of reality. He rightly acknowledges the binary dimension of reality, but sadly holds TWO in every instance to be the Absolute.

He never acknowledges the Ternary and spectral relativity of each of the polarities he raises, and is equally allergic to taking the higher ground toward suggesting a path toward the unification of the polarities.

With his devotion to radical twoism one can understand the normalcy of the Warlike thought processes fluent at the time. It must have seemed so clear and obvious, or at least everyone was desperate enough to believe, that there was a clear good and evil, and that the 2D motivations of comic/propaganda heroes and villians were close-enough to reality to act upon.

He might say that the unification of the Two arises from their submission to their proper positions. There is a real difference between slavery and Love. Slavery is the state of Two wherein the greater power takes the lesser by force. Love is the unified state wherein that which is similar to both, and which created all things, God, is given his due and true doer and self of all things together, equally.

Under the condition of actual love there is no place for the heart of the dog whistling found in this recording, and no merit to the myth of bold Western willfulness entertained in Nietzsche and his acolytes, on all sides.

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A book for greatness

A truly wonderful book I recommend it for those who feel a sense of regality